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Review: Chua Pop Corn Pop
Chuao Pop Corn Pop
Posted: 17 September 2014
Some tasters commented that they loved the buttery popcorn taste in this chocolate bar. Must be the placebo effect.
The Pop Corn Pop is actually comprised of three different fillings: popping candy, corn chips, and puffed amaranth. Does the combo work? Pick one up for the gimmick of having poppy candy and corn in your chocolate bar. If it doesn't pop your world, at least you can say you've done it.
price/gram: USD 0.063
Cocoa %: 41
Chuao Pop Corn Pop makes the
fourth Chuao bar I've sampled for the Chocolate Republic.
By now, I know exactly how Chuao as a brand ticks.
Michael Antonorsi sources Latin American cacao beans.
He doesn't say from where. He just says that most of
the beans come from Venezuela and that they're ethically
sourced. We'll have to take his word on the ethically
sourced part because there is absolutely nothing on the
label, no certification of any kind, to verify this.
Antonorsi then takes this
decent, but not exceptional cacao -- most of it is a 41%
milk chocolate blend, some bars 60% -- and adds weird
fillings and spices. The
Potato Chip bar is one. The Pop Corn Pop,
reviewed here, is another.
Some tasters commented that
they loved the buttery popcorn taste in this chocolate bar.
be the placebo effect.
Such a bar, chocolate with a real popcorn filling, might
actually taste good, but this is not that bar. The Pop
Corn Pop is actually comprised of three different fillings:
popping candy, corn chips, and puffed amaranth.
The overpriced popcorn you
buy in your movie theater concession stand is usually made
from maize, and it does usually include butter or artificial
butter flavoring. Chuao uses amaranth here instead with the
added corn chips present for the corny flavor (no pun
intended) samplers expect. No butter within a foot of
these bars, unless you're talking about cocoa butter.
Does the combo work? People
love peanut butter and they love chocolate. Combining
them into a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup was simplicity and
brilliance. People love popcorn and they love
chocolate. The combination doesn't sound and, I
imagine, isn't as heavenly, so Chuao added the popping candy
to make the combination pop, in more ways than one.
To be honest, it tasted a lot
like the Potato Chip bar or a crispy rice chocolate bar.
Popping candy and really crispy rice can have a similar
popping effect. The Pop Corn Pop didn't taste exactly like
the Potato Chip bar, of course. How could it?
But the satisfaction was about the same, and if I were ever
asked, "Do you want me to pick you up a Chuao Potato Chip or
Chuao Pop Corn Pop," without being able to select another
brand or type, I would be completely indifferent.
Pick one up for the gimmick
of having poppy candy and corn in your chocolate bar.
If it doesn't pop your world, at least you can say you've